We are running a course on 7 – 8 September 2021, please contact us to reserve a place or discuss your bespoke training needs.

All About Crayfish

This 2 day course, set in the beautiful Mendip Hills in Somerset, is designed to give trainees a solid grounding in crayfish ecology and survey methods together with an insight into the latest conservation techniques. It covers all commonly used monitoring techniques with the opportunity to handle both native white-clawed and invasive signal crayfish and includes visits to captive breeding facilities and ark sites plus discussions on options for controlling invasive crayfish based on latest research.

Nicky runs the course with Jen Nightingale, who has more than 20 years’ experience as an ecologist and is the UK Conservation Manager, at Bristol Zoological Society.  Jen has been involved with crayfish conservation since 2008, when she began the South West Crayfish Partnership (SWCP), which delivers crayfish conservation strategy throughout the south west.
Jen designed and developed a crayfish hatchery within Bristol Zoo Gardens that produces white-clawed crayfish for wild release and as brood stock for hatcheries.  Jen lives in Somerset where nine white-clawed crayfish ark sites (safe refuges) have been established; within her role she regularly surveys the sites, whilst establishing new ark sites around the south-west.  Jen is currently studying for her Ph.D. optimising aquaculture and tracking techniques for the white-clawed crayfish.

Bespoke Training

Nicky can deliver training sessions on general or more focused aspects of crayfish conservation tailored to the requirements of the trainees. Please contact us for more information.